Thursday, June 17, 2010

NANDA DEVI - The Goddess of the mountains

While I was trekking back from Roopkund in the Nandadevi Ranges, we passed by a hamlet "Wan". The kids of the hamlet were wishing us "Namaste" with folded hands. (Hoping for toffees!!) We stopped by and asked a small girl her name. She replied "Nanda Devi" . ( In the pic - Nanda devi with her brother Golu) I know not why, but I got inspired at that instant to learn more about the history, local legends around Nanda Devi and the beliefs of the people of the nearby hamlets.

The locals believe that Nanda Devi is the driving spiritual force and guardian. They adore her and call her just "Nanda" affectionately. They believe that she is a daughter of the villages married to Lord Shiva , The Lord of the Kailash mountains. 'Nanda' in Sanskrit means happiness/full of joy and 'Devi' means goddess. So she is their "Goddess of Happiness". They have no shrine dedicated to her. I could see only temples of Shiva around. They live amidst her. I heard that they have folklore ie., songs and dances in praise of her.

Life in these regions is tough! Ask me and I shall tell you my state at the end of the trek! :D But the people there seem to have so much of enthusiasm! They draw inspiration from her. She has inspired millions over centuries. Her breathtaking beauty cannot be described in just words. The tall trees surrounding the hamlets stand like guardians, so strong. I stood there mesmerized!

I feel blessed to have gone to the Nanda Devi biosphere for the second time. First time I had the opportunity to explore valley of flowers in her lap. This time I was there standing right in front of her!! I was awestruck!!

She has seen civilizations come up and diminish, but she still remains virgin and unexplored. The Himalayas have a divine silence, they seem to know everything and yet remain unaffected.I love the Himalayas! :-)


  1. nice post! I'll take details from you when I get the time to make this trip happen :)

  2. @abhi - tankooooooooo! :-)
    @onkar - sure anytime! a trek in the himalayas is a must, atleast once in a lifetime :-)

  3. truly well written :) nice pics :)

  4. @hemanth - stanford! huh?? didn't get you..

  5. Cool
    so some1 wrote a blog on that trek.
    Good stuff.

  6. So tough to decide,
    whats more beautiful the first rays of sun touching the peaks or the first glimpse of your smile touching my mind.
    whats more beautiful the valley that you see sitting on a peak or the clouds that make you float in my mind
    what should i adore the trees which rise to touch the sky, or my mind the rushes to be with you.
    Many tracks have i followed , but feels good to stop here. Me , my mind ,you and mountain to give us shade.

  7. Jis rang me dekho use, woh pardanasheen hai,
    Aur us pe ye parda hai, ki parda hi naheen hai.

    Mujh se koi pooche tere milne ki adaayen,
    Duniya to yeh kahti hai, ki mumkin hi naheen hai.

    In which ever form you see Him, He is veiled,
    And the only veil is, that there is no veil.

    Let some body ask me the frill(adornment)
    of your meeting,The world says that is impossible

    Khwaja ko yeh manzoor hai, to yeh hi sahi
    Rooh-e-intezaar tere milne ke khwaish hi to hai
    Aaj nahi to kise aur mode pe hi sahi.

    In the deep woods of "Trishula" (Trikuta) mountains,
    i hear the call of sakthi,
    who rushes to meet the shiva in the cranium,
    filling me with unending ecstasy.
    The time stands still and the nada of "A + nanda",
    makes her smile.
    How do i tell her, that the search stops here,
    in the unbounded and unending union does the elixir of "ganges" trickle. Why do i need the words,
    when everything can be said in the "Omkara"

    To the pure one, shiva in me says,
    what is to be heard by only you, why should the world know.

    ”Om apavitra-pavitro-va sarva-vastam gato api va yah smaret pundarikaksham sah bhayabhyantara suchih.”

    Will stop back here tomorrow,
    to answer the riddles that disturb her mind.
    .......The Oracle of 4 horned "ram"..................